Grimes Stumbles At Courier-Journal

October 9, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

In Addition To Obama Gaffe, Grimes Claims Her Campaign Ads Are Factual And Says She Wants To Be Like Anti-Coal Liberal In Senate

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information on The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Interview with Obama’s Kentucky Candidate. 

Grimes Says She’d Pattern Career After Anti-Coal Liberal 

Question: “Is there a US Senator whose career you look, whose accomplishments you look at, and who you say that's the kind of Senator I want to be?” Grimes: “…I've gotten to work closely with Senator Debbie Stabenow from up in Michigan...” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Courier Journal Editorial Board Interview, 10/9/14)  WATCH HERE 

Stabenow Voted For A Carbon Tax. (S. Amdt. 646 To S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote #58: Rejected 41-58, 3/22/13, Stabenow Voted Yea) 

Stabenow Voted For Gina McCarthy As EPA Administrator. (Roll Call Vote #179: Cloture Motion Agreed To 69-31, 7/18/13, Stabenow Voted Yea; Roll Call Vote #180: Nomination Confirmed 59-40, 7/18/13, Stabenow Voted Yea) 

Stabenow Voted Against Suspending Carbon Dioxide Regulations. (S. Amdt. 215 To S. 493, Roll Call Vote #53: Rejected 12-88, 4/6/11, Stabenow Voted Nay) 

Stabenow Voted For ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Stabenow Voted Yea) 

FALSE: Grimes Claims Her False Campaign Ads Are Factual 

Question: “ you feel the ads that you've run, regarding your opponent, have been truthful and on point?” Grimes: “They've been about his record, his factual record… The ads that our campaign has produced...” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Courier Journal Editorial Board Interview, 10/9/14 WATCH HERE​

Grimes VAWA Ad Fact Checked. “But McConnell has never opposed the central purpose of the Violence Against Women Act. In fact, he was a cosponsor of the original bill in 1991, and he has twice supported its reauthorization.” (Robert Farley, “Playing Politics with Violence Against Women,”, 8/7/14)

Grimes Medicare Ad Called ‘Phony As A Three Dollar Bill.’ “Grimes goes for a folksy approach in her advertising, but that belies a tough message — one that is amplified by having the attack delivered by an ordinary citizen. That gives it an illusion of reality, but it’s as phony as a three-dollar bill.” (Glenn Kessler, “A Kentucky shootout over stale Medicare claims,” Washington Post, 7/11/14) 

Grimes Ad On McConnell Wealth Discredited. “The problem with the ad is its strong suggestion that McConnell made his millions from being a senator. That’s not the case.” (Lauren Carroll, “Alison Lundergan Grimes ad says Mitch McConnell made millions in public office,” Politifact, 8/25/14) 

Grimes Coal Ad Called False. “Finally, what did McConnell have to do with of any of this? Nothing. Four Pinocchios” (Glenn Kessler, “4 Pinocchios for a misguided ‘big money’ coal attack by Alison Grimes, Washington Post, 10/7/14) 

Grimes Votes Ad Ruled “Misleading”. “He didn't show up to vote on troop funding, the farm bill, and (Veterans Affairs) on days he found the time for a lobbyist fundraiser and was on two TV shows,” the Grimes ad says. The claim is misleading, Reality Check found.” (Theo Keith, “REALITY CHECK: McConnell's votes called into question, again,” WAVE3, 9/22/14)

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